Facebook avatar emojis are the social media platform’s answer to Bitmoji, which now look likely to rival the Snapchat feature. With thousands of people flocking to post their personalised emoticons, many will likely question how they can join the fun. Express.co.uk brings you a simple guide on how you can create your own.
How to make a Facebook avatar emoji
Facebook avatars dropped across Europe last month around April 21 after platform bosses unveiled them in 2019.
Australia and New Zealand had the pleasure to test the feature first, and the US followed the rest of the world last week.
They allow people to add an extra flair to their comments and stories, replacing the conventional emoji.
To create the emoji, first, open the IOS or Android Facebook app, and from the landing page, click on the menu, visible as three horizontal lines in the top left of the screen.
People then need to scroll down and select “see more”, where they can tap on the “avatars” option.
From there, click “next” and “get started”, which will bring users to the Facebook avatar landing page.
The landing page allows people to customise a base model, with an array of options available for them to bring the character close to their own appearance.
First people can pick their skin tone, then hairstyle, hair colour, face shape, eye shape and colour, eyebrows, makeup, nose shape, body shape, outfit and more.
The slew of options gives people full creative control over their avatar, down to wrinkles and face lines for those wanting to hone in on microscopic details.
There’s even a mirror icon at the top left of the screen which allows people to see themselves while they customise.
Once people have finished, they need to tick the top right checkbox, and once it has finished loading click “next”.
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After clicking the “done” button, people can share their avatar, set it as a profile picture, and use it to react to Facebook posts.
Much like Bitmoji, Facebook has created a set of custom-designed stickers for people to use, which add a new level of expression to the platform.
Fidji Simo, the head of the Facebook app, announced the new feature via the platform, saying personal expression has become “more important than ever”.
She wrote: “So much of our interactions these days are taking place online, which is why it’s more important than ever to be able to express yourself personally on Facebook.”
“Avatars enable you to share a range of emotions and expressions via a digital persona that’s uniquely representative of you, so we’re excited to bring this new form of self-expression to more people around the world.
“There are so many different ways you can use your avatar including in comments, Stories, Messenger—and soon text posts with backgrounds, too.
“With so many emotions and expressions to choose from, avatars let you to react and engage more authentically with family and friends across the app.
“It’s important to us that you can personalise your avatar so it represents your unique, authentic self, which is why we’re also adding in a new range of customisations, too – such as new hairstyles, complexions, and outfits.”
Published at Mon, 18 May 2020 07:38:00 +0000